Death Penalty Being Sought For Boston Bombing Suspect

By CBS News

Published 01/31 2014 06:22AM

Updated 01/31 2014 06:34AM

Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Attorney General Eric Holder announced his decision Thursday, accusing the 20-year old of carrying out a terrorist attack on his adopted homeland. 

Attorney General Eric Holder says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should pay with his life for last April's twin bombings at the Boston Marathon.  Three people died in the attack, more than 260 others were injured.

Tsarnaev, and his brother, Tamerlan, were seen on surveillance video just before the blasts - carrying backpacks law enforcement say contained pressure cooker bombs.

In court documents, prosecutors say Tsarnaev "knowingly created a grave risk of death" and acted "... In an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner."

The Tsarnaev brothers evaded police for four days, until this gun battle in Watertown, Massachusetts. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed, along with an MIT police officer.  Dzhokhar was seriously wounded, and surrendered hours later, hiding in a boat in a suburban Boston backyard.  Inside the boat, police found an alleged confession, in which Tsarnaev said the attacks were in response to u.S. Military action in Muslim countries. 

Marty Walsh, Boston's mayor, said he supports the attorney general's decision, and honored the victims of the attack.
"I just want to, today my thoughts and prayers are with the families of Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier and the brave survivors whose lives have been forever changed by the events of April 15, 2013"

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.  No trial date has been set.

With the death penalty now a factor, there is the possibility Tsarnaev's attorneys could seek a plea deal for a life sentence.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for February 12th.

(Adriana Diaz, CBS News)

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